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Review of The Cat at Night

The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar; illus. by authorPreschool, Primary    Tilbury    56 pp.9/23    9781958394229    $18.95e-book ed.  9781958394236    $18.95First published in 1969. When the farmer puts the cat out for the night, the cat doesn’t sleep; he goes exploring. Double-page spreads alternate between dark scenes showing silhouettes of objects, animals,...

Review of Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm; retold by Trina Schart Hyman; illus. by the retellerPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.9/23    9780823456437    $18.99Hyman’s much-loved retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” (a 1984 Caldecott Honor Book), with its endearing, pigeon-toed protagonist, is here reissued for a new generation of readers, with a...

Review of My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat

My Very Own Special Particular Private and Personal Cat by Sandol Stoddard Warburg; designed and illus. by Remy CharlipPreschool, Primary    Enchanted Lion    56 pp.7/23    9781592703852    $17.95First published in 1963. A playful, singsongy, almost stream-of-consciousness-like text (“He said / Mmm / He said / Umm / He said / Humm /...

Review of Cornrows

Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough; illus. by Carole ByardPrimary, Intermediate    Putnam    48 pp.4/23    9780593625071    $17.99Paper ed.  9780698114364    $8.99This is a welcome reissue of a classic of early African American picture books, first published in 1979, for which Byard won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. A lengthy text by today’s standards,...

Review of Don’t Count Your Chicks

Don’t Count Your Chicks by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire; illus. by the authorsPreschool, Primary    University of Minnesota    40 pp.2/23    9781517914462    $17.95Based on a Scandinavian folktale, this lesser-known d’Aulaires’ picture book, first published in 1943, recalls Aesop’s fable “The Milkmaid and Her Pail.” An old woman walks into town to...

Review of The New Friend

The New Friend by Charlotte Zolotow; illus. by Benjamin Chaud Primary    Milky Way    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-990252-01-3    $17.99 The narrator of this picture book had a dear friend and reminisces about the ordinary things they used to do together — until the “dear friend” found a “different friend.” Zolotow’s...

Review of The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales compiled and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen Intermediate    NYRB    136 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-68137-582-3    $24.95 e-book ed.  978-1-68137-604-2    $14.99 Here are collected (and reissued from the 1971 original) twelve literary fairy tales from several different European traditions, including Hans ­Christian ­Andersen’s “The Nightingale”;...

Review of Grandmother's Pigeon

Grandmother’s Pigeon by Louise Erdrich; illus. by Jim LaMarche Primary, Intermediate    University of Minnesota Press   32 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5179-1147-8    $17.95 “As it turned out, Grandmother was a far more mysterious woman than any of us knew,” begins this enigmatic and enjoyable picture book by Erdrich (The Birchbark House, rev....

Review of Good Night, Good Night

Good Night, Good Night by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the author Preschool    Little Simon    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5344-9974-4    $17.99 In 1985 Boynton followed up her popular 1982 board book The Going to Bed Book with a “larger and longer” picture-book version, which has now been redrawn with small differences...
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